Friday, September 11, 2015

How to set the Medical ID on iPhone

If you're Facebook friends with anyone over the age of 40 chances are they fill your newsfeed with numerous irrelevant posts filled with silly warnings and tips. I usually read them, shake my head thinking "no, duh you shouldn't walk through a dark parking lot alone at midnight after someone's been following you throughout the entire store." but yesterday I actually saw one that was useful.

Did you know that you can set your emergency medical information on your iPhone so that it's visible even when your phone is locked? I sure didn't. This is such an awesome feature that I had no idea was not only available, but so easy to do. We probably all have an ICE contact in our phones, but with all our phones being locked that labeled contact is really doing no good.

One of the automatic, can't' get rid of apps on your iPhone is a health app. Open that app and on the bottom right there is an option for the Medical ID. Here it lets you add all types of important information such as emergency contacts, medications, blood type, allergies, basically everything a hospital or first responder would need to administer the best care to you.

Once you've added this information it can be accessed by using the emergency feature on your lock screen and then clicking the Medical ID at the bottom left.

You can add as much or as little information as you want. Just remember this information will be available to anyone who picks up your phone. But if you do have any urgent medical information you'll be thankful you added it.

Hopefully you'll never have to use it, but now you're prepared just incase!

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  1. This is such an informative post. It's easy (especially when you're young) to forget about these things..until something happens.

  2. I just learned about this and I think it is totally neat!! I set mine right away. I think Iphone definitely has some awesome perks!

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